MRI IMAGING AND CT SCANS TO PLAN YOUR SPINAL SURGERY
October 11, 2016 by: Luis Manuel Tumialan MD
Dr. Tumialán initially uses MRI imaging as a diagnostic tool. It can be used to evaluate the condition of the discs and the nerve roots to help arrive at a diagnosis in conjunction with the symptoms that a patient describes. Although Dr. Tumialán may take an MRI scan during the initial stages of diagnosis, he often waits until after attempts at conservative, non-surgical treatment of back pain have proven ineffective.
Once Dr. Tumialán and the patient have decided that surgery is the best course of action, Dr. Tumialán will use MRI imaging to pinpoint problems in the spine. This may entail checking for inflamed or compressed nerves, structural abnormalities in the spine, levels of hydration in the discs, the size of the spinal canal, and the overall alignment of the spine. The MRI scan will also allow Dr. Tumialán to rule out the possibility of a spinal tumor or an infection.
The accuracy of the MRI scan gives Dr. Tumialán the ability to plan and execute spinal surgery with exceptional precision, which is one of the reasons he can perform many traditionally “open” procedures using minimally invasive methods.
How Is CT Scan Technology Used to Plan Spinal Surgery?
A CT scan is basically a highly detailed x-ray. It gives Dr. Tumialán an excellent view of the bony structure of the spinal vertebrae and intervertebral discs. CT scans are generally performed in conjunction with MRI scans to evaluate the condition of the patient’s discs, as well as to assess vertebral fractures, measure bone density, and diagnose herniated discs.
Learn More about MRI Imaging and CT Scan Technology
To learn more about how Dr. Tumialán uses MRI imaging and CT scans to plan spinal surgery, please contact our spine surgery center.
If you are struggling with pain, weakness, loss of function, or other symptoms of spinal complications, contact Dr. Tumialán's office today.